Senegal cleric jailed two years for chaining children
London, Dec. 4, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A court in Senegal has handed down a two-year suspended prison sentence to a Muslim cleric and head of a Koranic school for chaining up children.
The cleric, Serigne Khadim Gueye was convicted along with four parents and the metalworker who made the chains.
They were arrested last month after a photo shared on social media showed several children in the northern town of Ndiagne with chains around their feet.
The case has split opinion in the Muslim-majority nation, where many thousands of children attend Koranic schools.
Some parents argued that they didn’t know chaining a child was illegal.
There have been similar cases of horrific abuse in Nigeria, where the government has responded by shutting down some of the schools. BBC